Exchange students do not attend SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration). SOAR is intended for degree-seeking UW students only.
Instead, all incoming exchange students are required to attend exchange student orientation. Orientation is held a few days before the start of the semester. This orientation is tailored specifically to exchange and visiting students.
Fall 2023 Exchange Student Orientation
Friday September 1, 2023
Spring 2024 Exchange Student Orientation (for students starting exchange in the spring term)
Friday January 19, 2024
Details will be available by email prior to orientation.
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What should I bring to orientation?
You should bring something to write with. We’ll give you a number of different papers and handouts for you to take notes on.
How should I dress for orientation?
Orientation is not a formal event. Please come dressed comfortably. It can be cool in our academic buildings during the summer months, so we recommend bringing a cardigan or layer if you tend to get cold easily.
Together, your online and on-site orientation will set you up for success at UW-Madison. We recommend that you watch our online orientation video modules a few weeks prior to your arrival on campus.